Truck driver shot on his way to work

A man in his forties with suspected ties to criminal motorcycle gangs was shot outside his home on Friday morning in Kurland, south-eastern Norway. The extent of his injuries is not yet known.

Truck driver shot on his way to work
Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix

The victim remained conscious after the shooting and was taken to Oslo University Hospital for treatment.

He is believed to be one of the leaders of a motorcycle club that includes former members of the Outlaws and Hells Angels, TV 2 reports.

“He hasn’t said anything about any potential perpetrators. He says he didn’t see anything and doesn’t know who could be behind this,” said police spokesman Bjørn Jahr.

Police had not made any arrests by 8am.

“He was shot between 6 and 6.15, so the chances of finding someone now are very slim,” said Jahr.

Police were alerted to the shooting at 6.45am. When police arrived at the man’s house in Kurland, he explained he had been shot on the way out to his car.

“He appears to have been hit with a shot in the hip or back. That much he has told us, but he hasn’t been able to give us any information about who might have shot him,” said Jahr.

Police are appealing for assistance from anybody who may have been in the area at the time of the shooting.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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